Pirates go with Burres over Karstens for the rotation

With Ross Ohlendorf set to return from the disabled list tomorrow, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to make a choice between Brian Burres and Jeff Karstens for the final spot in the rotation.  (Anyone remember about a month ago when they were choosing between Daniel McCutchen and Kevin Hart for the same role?)  The Pirates today picked Burres to remain in the rotation, with Karstens going to the bullpen. Neither Burres nor...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Buffalo 5-4.  Jeremy Powell got the start, going six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on ten hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma also pitched a shutout inning in relief, with a walk and a strikeout.  Jean Machi got his fourth save of the year, with two strikeouts in an...

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Game 31 Live Blog: Pirates vs Cardinals

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B 2. Andy LaRoche, 3B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Garrett Jones, RF 5. Ryan Doumit, C 6. Lastings Milledge, LF 7. Jeff Clement, 1B 8. Ronny Cedeno, SS 9. Paul Maholm, P Cardinals: 1. Joe Mather, CF 2. Ryan Ludwick, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. David Freese, 3B 5. Yadier Molina, C 6. Nick Stavinoha, RF 7. Brendan Ryan, SS 8. Adam Wainwright, P 9. Tyler...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/8/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Buffalo.  Michael Crotta made his second start at the AAA level, allowing four runs on eight hits in eight innings of work, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Crotta allowed all four runs in the first four innings, then retired the next 12 batters in innings 5-8, getting ten ground ball outs.  Crotta had a very impressive 17:2 GO/AO ratio tonight.  Vinnie Chulk...

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April Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has seen the most struggles so far this season out of all the teams in the Pirates’ organization.  They’ve been dealt some bad breaks (injuries to starters Quinton Miller and Phillip Irwin), saw some key players slumping (Hunter Strickland), and in several cases, seemed like just a spot for guys who were only there to get a full season of work in, before returning to the short season leagues when the...

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